Journal of Southeast Asian Studies

A journal publishing scholarly articles on Southeast Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, East Timor, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam). Embraces several academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. In

Articles from Vol. 44, No. 1, February

Aceh: History, Politics and Culture
Aceh: History, Politics and Culture Edited by ARNDT GRAF, SUSANNE SCHROTER and EDWIN WIERINGA Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2010. Pp. 386. Illustrations, Notes, Bibliography, Index. Following the December 2004 Indian...
A Story of Viet Nam
A story of Viet Nam By TRU'O'NG BU'U LAM Denver, CO: Outskirts Press, 2010. Pp. 372. Index. A well-known peculiarity of the field of Vietnamese history is that there are very few English-language histories of the country which provide any...
Between Two Oceans: A Military History of Singapore from 1275 to 1971
Singapore Between two oceans: A military history of Singapore from 1275 to 1971 By MALCOLM M. MURFETT, JOHN N. MIKSIC, BRIAN P. FARRELL and CHIANG MING SHUN Singapore: Marshall Cavendish, 2011 (2nd ed.). Pp. xxi, 520. Maps, Illustrations....
Buddhist Fury: Religion and Violence in Southern Thailand
Thailand Buddhist fury: Religion and violence in southern Thailand By MICHAEL K. JERRYSON Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. Pp. 262. Black and white plates, Notes, Bibliography, Index. The greater part of the academic scholarship and...
China and the Shaping of Indonesia, 1949-1965
China and the shaping of Indonesia, 1949-1965 By HONG LIU Singapore: NUS Press, 2011. Pp. 274. Illustrations, Notes, Bibliography, Index. Throughout most of President Suharto's long term in office (1966-98) the People's Republic of China was...
Commanders of Dutch East India Ships in the Eighteenth Century
Commanders of Dutch East India ships in the eighteenth century By JAAP R. BRUIJN Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2011. Pp. 336. Maps, Plates, Notes, Bibliography, Index. Until the 1780s, the Dutch East India Company (VOC) was the largest...
Editorial Foreword
The relationship of cultural practices and institutions to politics and religion is the overarching theme of the present issue of the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies. More specifically, the six research articles gathered here form three discrete...
Educating Multicultural Citizens: Colonial Nationalism, Imperial Citizenship and Education in Late Colonial Singapore
Introduction: A genealogy of colonial nationalism in Singapore This article examines the unusual history of a national idea in late colonial Singapore from the 1930s to the early 1950s before the attainment of partial self-government in 1955. Using...
Fatwas and Their Controversy: The Case of the Council of Indonesian Ulama (MUI)
A fatwa is generally understood as an Islamic legal opinion given by an individual mufti (fatwa-giver) or group of muftis or ulama at the request of someone, called mustafti (fatwa seeker). As such, its main purpose is to provide definitive answers...
Imperial Heights: Dalat and the Making and Undoing of French Indochina
Vietnam Imperial heights: Dalat and the making and undoing of French Indochina By ERIC JENNINGS Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2011. Maps, Illustrations, Notes, Bibliography, Index. As with his earlier work on...
Islam Translated: Literature, Conversion, and the Arabic Cosmopolis of South and Southeast Asia
Islam translated: Literature, conversion, and the Arabic cosmopolis of South and Southeast Asia By RONIT RICCI Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2011. Pp. xvi, 313. Maps, Plates, Bibliography, Index. The spread of Islam throughout...
Le Bustan Al-Salatin De Nuruddin Ar-Raniri: Reflexions Sur le Role Culturel D'un Etranger Dans le Monde Malais Au XVIIe Siecle
Malaysia Le Bustan al-Salatin de Nuruddin ar-Raniri: Reflexions sur le role culturel d'un etranger dans le monde malais au XVIIe siecle By PAUL WORMSER Paris: Cahier d'Archipel 41, 2012. Pp. 460. Maps, Bibliography, Index. This is a major...
Letters of Sincerity. the Raffles Collection of Malay Letters (1780-1824). A Descriptive Account with Notes and Translation
Letters of Sincerity. The Raffles collection of Malay letters (1780-1824). A descriptive account with notes and translation By AHMAT ADAM Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 2009. Pp. 420. Plates, Appendices, Notes, Bibliography...
Narratives of Buddhist Legislation: Textual Authority and Legal Heterodoxy in Seventeenth through Nineteenth-Century Burma
In 1681 a monk under the patronage of the royal court at Ava was requested to compile a bibliography of authoritative Buddhist scripture. Uttamasikkha was tasked with cataloguing which texts then circulating in Burma were part of the Pitakat or Buddhist...
New Voices from Southeast Asian Women: A Review Essay
Wives, slaves and concubines: A history of the female underclass in Dutch Asia ERIC JONES De Kalb, Ill.: Northern Illinois University Press, 2010. Pp. 186, Plates, Notes, Bibliography, Index. Victorious wives: The disguised heroine in 19th-century...
Performance as (Re)incarnation: The Sdech Kan Narrative
On 5-6 July 1997, Cambodia's First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh was overthrown by Second Prime Minister Hun Sen, ending their co-premiership and the coalition government between royalist party Front Uni National pour un Cambodge Independant,...
Raising Vietnamese: War and Youth in the South in the Early 1970s
Assigned to write about the preferred branch of the armed forces in which to enlist, a student turned in a blank sheet of paper, explaining the lack of an answer to the enraged teacher: 'I hear that in several years there will be peace, so I think...
Regional Identity and National Theatre in South Sulawesi
In September 1999, while attending an arts festival in South Sulawesi's capital Makassar, I anxiously watched CNN's footage of post-referendum violence in East Timor, a violence which evoked both a sense of the brutality of the Indonesian military...
Revolution Interrupted: Farmers, Students, Law, and Violence in Northern Thailand
Revolution interrupted: Farmers, students, law, and violence in northern Thailand By TYRELL HABERKORN Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2011. Pp. xvi + 165. Notes, Bibliography, Index. In this methodologically, conceptually, and politically...
Songs from the Thrice-Blooded Land: Ritual Music of the Toraja (Sulawesi, Indonesia). Volume One: Ethnographic Narrative; Volume Two: Florilegium Toraja: A Selection of Toraja Songs; Volume Three (DVD): Multimedia Argument/multimedia Musical Anthology
Songs from the thrice-blooded land: Ritual music of the Toraja (Sulawesi, Indonesia). Volume one: Ethnographic narrative; Volume two: Florilegium Toraja: A selection of Toraja songs; Volume three (DVD): Multimedia argument/multimedia musical anthology...
The Lovelorn Ghost and the Magical Monk: Practicing Buddhism in Modern Thailand
The lovelorn ghost and the magical monk: Practicing Buddhism in modern Thailand By JUSTIN THOMAS MCDANIEL New York: Columbia University Press, 2011. Pp. 384. Halftones, Notes, Bibliography, Index. Justin McDaniel, already a winner of the prestigious...
The Makings of Indonesian Islam: Orientalism and the Narration of a Sufi Past
Indonesia The makings of Indonesian Islam: Orientalism and the narration of a Sufi Past By MICHAEL LAFFAN Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011. Pp. 287 + xvii. Maps, Plates, Notes, Bibliography, Index. This book offers an original...
The Tongking Gulf through History
Asia The Tongking Gulf through history Edited by NOLA COOKE, LI TANA and JAMES A. ANDERSON Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011. Pp. 222. Maps, Illustrations, Notes, Glossary, Index. In the twentieth century, many outside...
Translation in Asia: Theories, Practices, Histories
Translation in Asia: Theories, practices, histories Edited by RONIT RICCI and JAN VAN DER PUTTEN Manchester: St Jerome Publishing, 2011. Pp. 191. Index. There is much that scholars of Asia can learn from thinking about translation, and much...